Life Advice



Words Of Wisdom Impart Lesson In Self-Respect

Abigail Van Buren on

DEAR ABBY: I have carried a worn clipping of your Definition of Maturity with me for many years because it has been inspirational to me. I even gave a copy of it to my younger brother.

Is it part of one of your publications? I feel it is relevant today because both the young and old could use a lesson in respect and self-respect. Can you reprint it? -- FRANCES IN DALLAS

DEAR FRANCES: With pleasure! Here it is:


Maturity is:

The ability to stick with a job until it's finished.


The ability to do a job without being supervised.

The ability to carry money without spending it.

And the ability to bear an injustice without wanting

To get even.


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